TRACE Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Assessment:
Tracking, Referral, Assessment
US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (2002-2007)
EARLY CHILDHOOD PARTNERSHIPS
CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PITTSBURGH
THE UCLID CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
W H AT I S T H E T R AC E C E N T E R ?
The Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute (North Carolina) in collaboration with the Early Childhood Partnerships program of Children’s
Hospital of Pittsburgh and The UCLID Center at the University of Pittsburgh has been awarded a five-year grant from the US
Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs to establish a national center with four regional sites to conduct
evidence-based research on effective early childhood evaluation practices.
W H O A R E T H E N AT I O N A L R E S E A R C H C O L L A B O R ATO R S I N T R AC E ?
The newly established center, to be known as TRACE Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Assessment: (Tracking, Referral
and Assessment) will unite researchers from the Puckett Institute (Asheville and Morganton, NC) with colleagues at The UCLID
Center at the University of Pittsburgh and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), the Institute for Family-Centered
Care (Bethesda, MD), the Family, Infant and Preschool Program (Morganton), and Mission St. Joseph’s Health System. Drs. Carl
J. Dunst and Carol M. Trivette serve as co-directors of the TRACE Center. Stephen J. Bagnato, Professor of Pediatrics &
Psychology and Director of the Early Childhood Partnerships program at UCLID is the director of the Pennsylvania TRACE satellite
and research co-investigator.
W H AT W I L L T R AC E R E S E A R C H E R S S T U DY ?
The research grant will enable national researchers to study and promote the use of the most beneficial practices for identifying
and evaluating infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who have or are at-risk for disabilities or delays. They will also determine the
best ways to match young children with disabilities and their families with appropriate supports through inclusive early care and
education, early intervention, and early childhood special education programs
W H AT A R E T H E M I S S I O N S O F T H E T R AC E C E N T E R ?
The central mission of the TRACE Center is to support the healthy development of infants and young children with disabilities
through effective early diagnosis, assessment, and intervention. The TRACE Center will conduct evidence-based research on
the use of effective early childhood assessment practices regarding child find, early identification, referral, and eligibility in early
intervention; practical translations of research to influence government policy reform and professional practices will be a major
focus of TRACE. TRACE researchers will collaborate with state and federal government officials to determine how standards and
regulatory policies can enhance the use of effective early childhood assessments to identify young children with special needs
and to better plan their programs and track their progress.
W H AT A R E S O M E E C P P U B L I C AT I O N S R E L E VA N T TO T R AC E R E S E A R C H ?
Neisworth JT, Bagnato SJ: Recommended practices in assessment (17-28). In Sandall S, McLean ME, Smith BJ (eds):
DEC Recommended Practices in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education. Longmont, CO: Sopris West.
Bagnato SJ, Neisworth JT, Munson SM: LINKing assessment and early intervention: An authentic
curriculum-based approach (3rd Edition). Baltimore, MD, Paul Brookes, 1997
Neisworth, JT, Bagnato, SJ: The mismeasure of young children: The authentic assessment alternative.
Inf Young Children (in press).
Bagnato SJ, Neisworth JT: Normative detection of early regulatory disorders and Autism:
Empirical confirmation of DC:0-3. Inf Young Children 12(2):98-109, 2000
Bagnato SJ, Neisworth JT: Collaboration and teamwork in assessment for early intervention.
Child Adol Psych Cl North Am 8(2):1-17, 1999
Suen H, Logan CR, Neisworth JT, Bagnato SJ: Parent-professional congruence:
Is it necessary? J Early Intervention 19(3):243-252, 1996
Bagnato SJ, Neisworth JT: A national study of the social and treatment “invalidity” of intelligence
testing for early intervention. School Psych Quarterly 9(2):81-102, 1995
Suen H, Bagnato SJ, Lu C, Neisworth JT: Measurement of team decision-making through
generalizability theory. J Psychoeduc Assess 11:120-132, 1993
Bagnato SJ, Neisworth JT: Efficacy of interdisciplinary assessment and treatment for infants and preschoolers with
congenital and acquired brain injury. Analysis and Intervention in Developmental Disabilities 5(1-2):107-128, 1985
Bagnato SJ: Team congruence in developmental diagnosis and intervention: Comparing clinical judgment
and child performance measures. School Psych Rev 13(1):7-16, 1984
H O W C A N YO U G E T M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N A B O U T T R AC E ?
Contact Dr. Stephen J. Bagnato, Ed.D. at (412) 692-6520 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More detailed explanation of TRACE and its
parent Early Childhood Partnerships program can be gained on the website of The UCLID Center at the University of Pittsburgh,
www.uclid.org. Click on Programs and Projects and then Early Childhood Partnerships and TRACE.